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Henry VIII Group Tour

Henry VIII Group Tour

Henry VIII Group Tour

Henry VIII, a titan of English history. Visit his castles and listen to the stories. Notorious for his six wives and for breaking away from Rome and setting himself up as Head of the Church of England. Henry was everything a king should be – handsome, richly dressed and a strapping figure who excelled at hunting and jousting. We invite your groups to explore Henry's Tudor England and join in with the revels.

Tour Highlights

  • London, including Westminster Abbey, where Henry was crowned and where his children are buried; the remains of his Whitehall Palace; Westminster Hall and the Houses of Parliament; the Archbishop of Canterbury's London residence at Lambeth Palace and Temple Church, which Henry seized from the Knights Hospitaller.
  • The Tower of London, where Anne Boleyn, Sir Thomas Moore, Catherine Howard and Lady Jane Grey were executed. See Henry VIII's armour and the Crown Jewels.
  • Hampton Court Palace, once owned by Cardinal Wolsey but acquired by Henry VIII and transformed into his 'pleasure palace' where he enjoyed dancing, sports and jousting. See Henry's State Apartments, the Chapel Royal, Great Hall and Privy Garden.
  • The Royal Maritime Museum at Greenwich to learn about his establishment of the Royal Navy and his support of  shipbuilding and the creation of dockyards.
  • See the remains of his birthplace and Eltham Palace, where he grew up.
  • Fairytale Hever Castle, with its moat, lake, maze and stunning gardens. Childhood home of Anne Boleyn and also home to Anne of Cleves after her divorce.
  • Penshurst Place, which Henry took from the Duke of Buckingham and Ightham Mote (National Trust), a medieval moated manor house featuring typical Tudor décor.
  • Stunning Leeds Castle, surrounded by a lake and transformed by Henry into a royal palace for Catherine of Aragon.
  • Lewes and the remains of St Pancras Priory, destroyed by Henry during the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the Anne of Cleves House.
  • Windsor Castle, an official royal residence today and where Henry VIII and Jane Seymour are buried.
  • Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds, home to Queen Catherine Parr, Henry's last wife.
  • A lavish medieval banquet, hosted by Henry VIII, in 15th century Hatfield House, where Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood.
  • See the remains of the Mary Rose, Henry's flagship which sank during the Battle of the Solent in 1545 and was raised from the bottom of the sea in 1982.

What Our Clients Say

I was very fortunate to be on their 70th and 75th D-Day celebration tours. The service and attention to details was exceptional. It was very moving to go back.

As a Jane Austen enthusiast, this tour was perfect - and the Jane Austen Festival in Bath was just fabulous to see!

Words fail me...The Downton Abbey was a perfectly wonderful travel experience! We did not know we would be the ONLY guests at the Abbey. When we realised how truly exclusive our tour was we were speechless! Surreal being there and actually meeting Lady Carnarvon.